For many football fans, their optimism or pessimism about the state of the game is influenced by the last game their team played. Following Birmingham City’s fantastic win on Friday evening, some may be thinking that everything is ok. But it’s not. This season we have seen Bury expelled from the League.
We would like to have board members who possess a wide variety of qualifications and expertise. But professional expertise is not essential. What is essential is that board members are voting members of Blues Trust, have a desire to help and time available to make a contribution.
Before last year’s AGM, some board members spent time discussing what we’d like to do and how we could be better organised. We decided that it would be good to have nine board members.
I kept checking the news on Bury and hoping until I saw the EFL statement. The statement expressed regret, it said, “the EFL Board has unanimously determined with enormous regret that Bury’s membership be withdrawn”. It didn’t apologise for its own part in the club’s downfall, for its rules that allowed an unsuitable owner to buy the club but didn’t have any way of getting rid of that owner.
Where Did it all go Wrong? The Story of Football in the West Midlands is an interesting read about how West Midlands clubs have been managed and why local clubs have failed.